NHS: Food

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Hendon Baroness Miller of Hendon Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average daily cost per patient of the food provided in each of the National Health Service Trust and Foundation Trust Hospitals, excluding the cost of preparing and delivering such food and other similar overhead expenses.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This information is not collected in the format requested.

In 2010-11, the department collected data from National Health Service trusts for the average total daily cost for the provision of all meals and beverages fed to one patient per day. The average cost for all trusts in England for 2010-11 was £8.58, inclusive of all pay and non-pay costs, including provisions, ward issues, disposables, equipment and its maintenance. It is not possible to exclude the cost of preparing and delivering such food because only a total cost is collected.

The available data for 2010-11 have been placed in the Library.

The information has been supplied by the NHS and has not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of the information is the responsibility of the provider organisation.

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